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Vessels

Created by Eve Warnock and Pelham Johnston



Vessels can carry oxygen as blood or act as a container for liquid. In a more spiritual sense, a vessel can be a person regarded as a holder or receiver of something.


In Vessels, water is used to visually and sonically represent biometric data. The visitor’s heart rate is measured by reading blood density in the fingertip, and transposed into a liquid sequence which travels through a tube in the gallery. This sequence ends as drops onto a resonant steel drum, translating the sequence into sound. The water is collected in a reservoir for recirculation through the system.


The visitors see their heart rates visualized in front of them, and can watch the patterns of their hearts as the sequences travel through the tube. This allows for time to reflect on their influences on these rhythms and how these sequences may change with changes in their emotional states.


The collection reservoir acts as a watering hole where viewers can gather and watch the droplets fall and collect.


Perpetual and pulsing circulations can be romantic, magical, ancient - and also humbling. Vessels connects innate animal behaviors, like gathering at waterholes, with the sounds of earth’s natural patterns of rainfall, all instigated and metered by human rhythms of the beating heart.  


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